July 20, 2017
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Enhanced precision
New guidance kit for field artillery in Afghanistan

Recently, the Artillerymen with Battery’s A and B, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment became the first unit in Regional Command East to use the Precision Guidance Kit, or PGK, when they test-fired rounds equipped with the system.

Newly-fielded in Afghanistan, the XM1156 “Precision Guidance Kit” provides add-on precision guidance capability to the projectiles used in the M109A6 Paladin and M777A2 Lightweight 155mm Howitzer weapons systems.

The units fired a total of five rounds, all of which landed within five meters of each other and within 25 meters of the target. The effects on target were achieved, and the training proved very successful.

By using the PGK, fire supporters can support the maneuver commander with a more lethal and accurate form of fires. Prior to that first firing, a fielding team from Fort Sill, Okla., provided instruction to the gun line, fire direction center, and fire supporters. The fires teams trained for four days on the
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